As some of you may have guessed, I like music. I like a lot of different types of music. One of my favorite genres is jazz. I listen to “Real Jazz” from Sirius XM in my car. I used to play jazz trumpet. I love jazz.
April was Jazz Appreciation Month. Yep, appropriately enough that is JAM – nobody jams the way jazz musicians jam! It’s been celebrated for 15 years. And then UNESCO has been celebrating International Jazz Day on April 30 for 5 years. Even though there are events world wide for the day, there has always been one big “event” concert. For the first time in its five year history it was in the US this year. More than that, it was at the White House. (Hint, go to jazzday.com and be amazed)
One of my heroes, Herbie Hancock did a lot of behind the scenes work to set it up. A lot of big names showed up, many alumni from Miles Davis’ groups, like Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter. Aretha Franklin was there as was Esperanza Spalding. And so many others, like Sting and Pat Metheny.
i watched the video of the event. Twice. It was a fantastic concert. Even if you are not a Jazz lover, you should watch it. If you are American, you need to watch it, since jazz so epitomizes America and has been one of our greatest exports. (Rock has deep roots in the blues and jazz, so if you include rock, almost all contemporary music around the world has been influenced by jazz).
I want to share one moment from the concert, but a moment repeated several times. A great musician who is known to be a little egotistical, listens to another player doing a solo and watches in awe. They all seemed to be having the time of their lives. Huge smiles just for being there, but also in appreciation of their fellow musicians. They were all jamming, getting into the music.
I couldn’t sit still listening. The mood was infectious. And I couldn’t stop smiling.
I’m still smiling.
So that’s what I smiled about this week: bringing America’s music home to the White House.
What did you smile about this week?
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So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!